The Lost Empire of Atlantis: History’s Greatest Mystery Revealed [Gavin Menzies] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “Tremendous. This guy. Ex-submariner Gavin Menzies attracted global attention with his eye-catching farragos “” and “”, books laying out how he imagined. Given the fevered nature of most works on Atlantis, it is slightly alarming to read this sentence: “In , as captain of the submarine HMS.
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The eruption of the volcano at Santorini Thera was followed by a tsunami that swallowed the center of the Minoan empire an sank it into the sea.
Even if the conclusions are not entirely factual, this story makes enthralling reading. However, it became repetitive and anti-climatic as you knew that every finding he talked about would lead back to the Minoans. But at least Menzies has started something, and people could find more evidence.
The Year China Discovered the Worldin which he asserts that the fleets of Chinese Admiral Zheng He visited the Americas prior to European explorer Christopher Columbus inand that the same fleet circumnavigated the globe a century before the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan. Not a single document or artifact has been found to support his new claims on the supposed Ming naval expeditions lf Africa Last year the Portuguese theory was still just a theory: I can tell you this, I’ll certainly be reading They were master shipbuilders, sailors, mathematicians, astronomers and navigators, and they gathered tin from England and copper from mines around Lake Superior, from which they crafted the bronze tools found later oc many relevant sites.
However, extraordinary claims do require extraordinary evidence, and that evidence remains to be uncovered.
But, although Menzies finds some seemingly compelling evidence to support his theory about the Minoans, it sometimes felt like a reach. Menzies may well have uncovered previously hidden influences of the Minoans on cultures once considered beyond their reach, such as in Northern Europe.
In this book, Menzies presents evidence for the theory that Atlantis was, in fact, the Minoan civilization, which was destroyed by a major volcanic eruption on the island of Thera now called Santorini. The ensuing enquiry found Menzies and one of his subordinates responsible for a combination of factors that led to the accident, including the absence of the coxswain who usually takes the helm in port who had been replaced by a less experienced crew member, and technical issues with the boat’s telegraph.
Bobbi on December 12, at 7: How many of us every pursue our passions like that? Interesting theory Quite enjoyed this. Further a bronze age boat found sunk in the eastern Mediterranean had in its hold, nearly pure copper ingots that are a good match for the copper mined from L.
Reading this reminded me of a comment I gacin on Twitter recently: So I recently found out that Menzies basically makes up his own idea of history, and that really depresses me because if they were true I would LOVE to read his books. He takes advantage of a detailed fresco unearthed in Akrotiri and preserved in a museum in Crete and recent discovery of a sunken bronze age boat in the eastern Mediterranean as well as his own nautical knowledge to reinterpret ancient history.
The narrator did a great job. The author’s voice really bothered me Thhe wasn’t, however, particularly bothered by his casual tone or odd development. Menzies uses DNA evidence, historical menziies, and geological records to support his position.
I, for one, have found out a great deal about the ancient Thera modern Santorini and the Minoans. Open Preview See a Problem?
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Still a decent read for the casual historian, someone who isn’t particularly knowledgeable about Crete or the Minoans, or those who are comfortable with a little sparsity in the details. Pleasure for any history buff.
Robert Hoffman on March 20, at 4: I was taught in school that it was I liked how he told his story as a narrative bavin how he presented academic research in an easily comprehensible manner.
Menzies claims that 2, years before Christ, the Minoans ruled a vast Bronze Age empire with myriad outposts. This is another book to add to the list that presents evidence that Europeans had been to N.
We will never have the kind of evidence we may want for some of his claims – either to refute or deny them. Menzies was born in London, England, and his family moved to China when he was three weeks old.
In pretty much every chapter, Menzies jumps on a plane or boat with his wife Marcella to some vaguely-connected place, looks out of a hotel window while musing to himself on how much it had all changed since he had last visited it while still in the Royal Navy, and then trolls round a local museum or historical site, where he is suddenly struck by the ineffable kindness of the ancients to have gavjn him yet another glaringly obvious clue to add to atlanits list — another cookie crumb in his global trail.
The Secret History of the Rosicrucians — 6. Aug 11, Mobilis rated it it was ok.
Archived from the original on 27 January As it is, my dad bought me this one for Christmas a few years ago and I’ll probably wind up reading it because I would feel insanely guilty for getting rid of it without at least trying — it’s a brand new hardcover.
George Stebbing-Allen on August 6, at 5: I will be reading it again, to absorb it better, and maybe do some other related reading as well, to understand it better. Sep 15, Smitha rated it really liked it.
Jun 12, Alison Smith rated it really liked menzles.
Review: Gavin Menzies’ “The Lost Empire of Atlantis” – Cipher Mysteries
I think it would make interesting reading for anybody who likes historical research of this sort. Recently discovered evidence from the oil pithoi, serving pieces, artwork all suggest that Menzies is correct empure the most in This book confirms my thought that I should return to Knossos on Crete. Some of the conjecture about the location, size and technological capabilities of “Atlantis” can get pretty far out there wi I have read several books on Atlantis, it is a subject that has always fascinated me so I was per-disposed to like this one.
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